Programmes

Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme

Please watch this video from Aware’s Clinical Director, Dr Claire Hayes, to find out more about Aware’s newest offering, Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme.

Play Video

What is the Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme?

Living Well With Bipolar Disorder is an information and support programme, designed for people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Educational in nature, the aim of the programme is to provide you with opportunities to understand and manage bipolar disorder effectively, equipping you with the knowledge and tools to live well.

The programme is delivered over the course of eight weeks by an experienced mental health professional. The weekly 90 minute sessions (except week seven, which is a 120 minute session) are workshop style to offer a participative learning environment. The workshops provide an opportunity for discussion but at no stage is anyone asked to share information if they do not wish to.

Play Video

This webinar gives an overview of what you can expect from the Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme and includes the experience of two previous participants.

During this programme, we hope you will:

  • Increase your understanding of bipolar disorder
  • Explore the causes and course of bipolar disorder
  • Prioritise getting and using support
  • Develop strategies to manage bipolar disorder effectively
  • Prepare strategies to cope with setbacks
  • Consider the benefits of embracing acceptance
  • Deepen your understanding of the impact of bipolar disorder as an individual and on the people who support you
  • View yourself as being ‘more than having bipolar disorder’
  • Complete your own Wellness Plan

As part of the programme, we also aim to provide the people who support you with the opportunity to increase their understanding of bipolar disorder and how they can better support you. We will be inviting you to bring a Support Person to Session 7. This will be discussed and prepared for in previous sessions.

 

Consent

To ensure a duty of care to all participants, we encourage participants to have a signed consent from your GP or psychiatrist to participate in this programme, however it is not mandatory.

Once you have registered, please email this signed consent form to bipolarprogramme@aware.ie.

We also recommend that you inform your GP or psychiatrist that you intend to participate in the follow on bipolar programme Support and Self Care group.

Follow On Bipolar Programme Support and Self Care Group

On completion of the programme, all participants will be encouraged to attend a dedicated bipolar Support and Self Care Group.

This offering will be available for 6 weeks and is designed to allow time for you to reflect on the programme and give and receive support as you further explore or implement the learnings.

Once the 6 weeks is complete, if you wish to continue availing of peer to peer support, we would encourage you to consider attending one of our Support & Self Care Groups. These groups are open to any adult experiencing depression, bipolar disorder or related mood conditions.

Register for Living Well With Bipolar Disorder

This programme is available online and in locations around the country, a number of times each year. You can choose the option that best suits you, and your own circumstances.

Before signing up, we ask that participants are available to attend all eight consecutive weeks of this programme.

There is a refundable booking fee of €30 for this programme (or €10 if you are a student, unemployed, over 65 or hold a medical card). You can request a refund by emailing info@aware.ie upon completion. Alternatively, if you enjoyed the course and are in a position to support Aware, you can leave your booking fee as a donation.  Have a question about the programme, or your booking, please email bipolarprogramme@aware.ie

The next Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme opens for registration in January 2023.

Click below to receive a reminder via
email when registration opens.

Express Interest

Essential Considerations

Please see below for some essential considerations and frequently asked questions about this programme.

The programme is aimed at individuals, who currently reside in Ireland, who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and wish to learn how to understand and manage their bipolar disorder.

To ensure a duty of care to all participants, we encourage participants to have a signed consent from your GP or psychiatrist to participate in this programme, however this is not mandatory. Once you have registered, please email your signed consent form to bipolarprogramme@aware.ie. We also recommend that you inform your GP or psychiatrist that you intend to participate in the follow on bipolar programme Support and Self Care group.

Yes, this programme is suitable for anyone with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who would like to understand more about the condition, how it impacts you and new ways to manage and live well with bipolar disorder.

Yes, this programme is suitable for anyone with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder who would like to understand more about the condition, how it impacts you and new ways to manage and live well with bipolar disorder.

You do not have to attend the follow-on bipolar programme Support and Self Care Group but we strongly encourage you to consider attending to give you an opportunity to reflect on the programme and give and receive support as you further explore or implement the learnings.

Yes, only individuals aged 18 years and over may take part in Aware’s Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme.

90 minute sessions each week for eight consecutive weeks.

The only exception is week seven, that week the session is 120 minutes.

Nobody will be obliged to share personal information or experiences.

About This Programme

Aware was founded in 1985 by Dr Patrick McKeon, Consultant Psychiatrist, former Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and renowned expert in the area of bipolar disorder. Dr McKeon created Aware in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support – both for individuals who have a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder, as well as family members supporting a loved one.

Building on the original aims of Dr McKeon, the Aware Living Well With Bipolar Disorder Programme was developed in 2021 to provide people who experience bipolar disorder and those who support them with opportunities to understand and manage the condition effectively. The source material and final clinical oversight of the programme was provided by Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Board of Directors and Clinical Committee at Aware.

Other programmes available:

Subscribe

Keep up to date with us by signing up to our newsletter

Translate »